Posted on August 5, 2013

San Luis Obispo County: Make-A-Wish Gets $15,000 Thanks to PG&E Employees

NIPOMO – PG&E employees from Diablo Canyon Power Plant helped support Make-A-Wish on Friday (Aug. 2) by raising $15,000 at the 16th annual Nuclear Challenge Golf Tournament held at Monarch Dunes.

More than 160 PG&E employees, plant vendors and volunteers took part in the tournament to benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation’s Tri-Counties chapter. Since the tournament’s inception in 1997, PG&E employees have raised more than $200,000 for the chapter.

PG&E’s Bill DePrater and Janis Bailey present a $15,000 check to Shanna Wasson Taylor, CEO for Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties. They were joined by wish child Aliyah Serrano, her mother Shaila Tripp and sister Tesla Serrano.

“PG&E’s support through the Nuclear Challenge Golf Tournament helps Make-A-Wish grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions,” said Shanna Wasson Taylor, chief executive officer for Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties. “This year’s tournament guest of honor, wish kid Aliyah Serrano and her mom Shaila Tripp of Nipomo, were excited to thank PG&E’s employees and vendors in person for their role in making wishes come true. Without the great effort of groups like PG&E our wish granting work would just not be possible.”

Aliyah, 11, was diagnosed at birth with several heart conditions, including a atrioventricular septal defect and pulmonary hypertension. She is preparing to undergo her third heart surgery. For her wish, Aliyah requested to take a boat cruise with Mickey Mouse, a trip made possible through Make-A-Wish. Aliyah is now working to help others with life-threatening medical conditions by raising awareness for Make-A-Wish Tri Counties’ Wishes in Flight Airline Miles Donation Program. Through this initiative, the chapter is asking for the donation of frequent flier miles to help grant the wishes of sick children.

During the post-tournament event, PG&E organizers Janis Bailey, Bill DePrater, Doug Wise and Mark Landis presented the $15,000 check to Make-A-Wish’s Taylor on behalf of the tournament participants.

“PG&E is honored to once again support Make-A-Wish Foundation Tri-Counties as they continue to make the wishes of local children a reality,” said Bailey, a supervising engineer at Diablo Canyon. “Our employees, vendors and their families and friends are proud of their long-time commitment to Make-A-Wish through their participation in this annual Nuclear Challenge Golf Tournament.”

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can have positive impacts on the health of children. With a staff of four and the help of more than 100 volunteers, Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties has granted more than 1,200 special wishes to children in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

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